Until Tuesday the only time I’d visited the model village in Bourton-on-the-Water was way back when I was a toddler. Truth be known I don’t actually remember anything about that time but I’m sure I had fun as it’s still absolutely superb.
The model village is at the rear of the New Inn pub at the end of the main street in Bourton-on-the-Water. It’s next to a car park (that costs only £1 for an hour – ample time to walk around the model village) and is a perfect recreation of the central part of the town. But at a 9th of the size.
It’s a remarkably accurate recreation that was opened in 1937. It took 5 years to build and it’s reported that the creators – a former landlord & landlady of the New Inn pub – measured out the entire village on foot.
Doing something to that detail without the aid of GPS or modern day surveying equipment would nowadays seem completely barmy.
To the right hand side is an elevated platform that lets you view the whole village from above but the best part of is that you get to walk around the village. I can’t deny going “fee fye foe fum” under my breath and acting like a big giant throughout the duration of my visit.
The attraction was listed in 2013 – the first of its kind to have listed status – and in 2008 Oasis spent 4 hours there filming the I’m Outta Time. Check Liam Gallagher having a walk about the village approximately 2 minutes and 5 seconds in!
If you allow yourself 30-45 minutes it’s plenty of time and for £3.60 it represents decent value for money.
Location: At the rear of the New Inn, Rissington Road, GL54 2AF.